Seoul Bird, Shepherd’s Bush
Korean-American chef Judy Joo is behind Seoul Bird, a restaurant specialising in Korean-style chicken and where dishes are made to Judy’s secret recipe: the Korean fried chicks are brined for 24 hours before being double-fried for extra crunch, and served with an Asian slaw of red cabbage, daikon, onion and carrot, tossed in a citrus soy dressing. Under a neon red sign and hanging pendant lamps, visitors can take their pick from whole thighs, whole wings or tenders, accompanied by sauces such as spicy Korean BBQ, ranch, honey mustard, and sweet soy ginger. The restaurant also offers ‘Seoul Bowls’ – freshly steamed rice or cauliflower rice piled with crunchy fresh vegetables and pickled daikon. These can be enhanced with the likes of soy grilled chicken thighs, ginger marinated portobello mushrooms or crispy Korean fried chicken.
Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 7GE
Six By Nico, Fitzrovia
Renowned Scottish-Italian chef Nico Simeone was all set to open his first London restaurant at the end of March. Instead, Six by Nico eventually arrived at the end of July, serving a new six-course tasting menu every six weeks. Nico and his team offer an elevated cooking experience at an accessible price point: the six courses will come in at £35pp, with wine pairings for an extra £33pp. Menus are a fiercely guarded secret until shortly before they launch and inspiration can come from anywhere. At Nico’s Glasgow restaurant, themes have included ‘Guilty Pleasures’, ‘Catalonia’ and ‘Thai Street Food’. First up at the new place was ‘The Chippie’, and new for this month is ‘Childhood’ – expect ‘Eggy Soldiers’ (Cacklebean egg served with brown butter, celeriac espuma, celeriac soldier and lovage) followed by ‘Mac & Cheese’ (truffle mac ’n’ cheese with cauliflower, aged cheddar and gherkin ketchup).
33-41 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RR
The team behind Salon and Levan have just launched Larry's in Peckham. Taking cues from the corner bars, diners and cafés of New York, Larry's is open all day, kicking off with coffee and pastries, serving deli-style sandwiches for lunch and offering a concise menu of sharing plates for dinner. Larry’s is named for 70s dance music pioneer and DJ Larry Levan, and will stay open late into the night, playing music from its vintage sound system while guests settle in for dinner. Evening dishes are inspired by NYC’s diverse dinner scene: think devilled crab, brown crab mayo, pickled fennel and bruschetta; clams with cabbage and XO chilli sauce; and pig’s head ragu with pappardelle and Szechuan pepper.
12-16 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, SE15 4QL